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President Nelson Shares Special Messages as Olympics Begin

President Nelson Shares Special Messages as Olympics Begin

As the Olympic Games kick off in Tokyo, Japan, this week, President Russell M. Nelson shared a special message about embodying Olympic cooperation and respect in our everyday lives. He wrote: Athletes from all over the world have come together in Tokyo, Japan. The Olympic Games will shine a light on athletes and teams demonstrating friendship and respect even as …

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Utah Governor Declares ‘President M. Russell Ballard Day’

Utah Governor Declares ‘President M. Russell Ballard Day’

Governor Spencer J. Cox has declared July 23, 2021, “President M. Russell Ballard Day” in Utah. He made the announcement on Thursday during a press event at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. The 92-year-old President Ballard is a Utah native and has served as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ …

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New Rededication Dates Set for Washington D.C. Temple

The open house, youth devotional and rededication of the Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (originally scheduled for last year but delayed because of COVID-19) will now take place in 2022.   A media day for the renovated temple will take place on April 18, 2022, followed by private tours for invited guests from …

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Location Announced for Yorba Linda California Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the location of the Yorba Linda California Temple. The temple was announced in April 2021 by President Russell M. Nelson and will be the ninth temple in the state. The Yorba Linda California Temple will be built on a 5.4-acre site located at the intersection of Bastanchury Road and Osmond …

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Groundbreakings Announced for Temples in Pennsylvania and Kenya

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced groundbreaking dates for the Nairobi Kenya Temple and the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple, both of which were announced in April 2020 by Church President Russell M. Nelson. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Nairobi Kenya Temple will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Elder Joseph W. Sitati, Africa Central Area president, will preside at the …

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Mission President Passes Away Following Battle with COVID-19

Sam Penrod, spokesman with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the following statement to media on Tuesday about the death of a mission president: It is with sadness that we share news of the passing of President José Maria Batalla, president of the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Batalla, age …

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Elder Holland Shares Advice for Growing a Testimony

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shared a powerful video message today about facing trials of faith. “If you are wondering about your own faith, know that you are not alone. Many, many of those I know have struggled or questioned their testimony. It’s just part of our maturation in the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Elder Holland wrote. “I recently shared some …

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President Nelson Expresses Gratitude for the Reopening of All Temples

President Nelson Expresses Gratitude for the Reopening of All Temples

On March 25, 2020, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced all temples would temporarily close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On  July 5, 2021, President Russell M. Nelson reflected on the reopening of temples. He shared on his social media platforms the following message: With the re-opening of the Kyiv Ukraine Temple today, …

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Church Releases New Guidelines for Leaders Performing Civil Marriages

Church Releases New Guidelines for Leaders Performing Civil Marriages

The First Presidency released a letter on June 30, 2021, announcing new guidelines for Church leaders officiating civil marriages. Church officers may only perform a civil marriage for a man and woman when the following conditions apply: The bride or the groom is a member of the Church Either the bride’s or the groom’s membership record is assigned to the …

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